The Importance of Using the Right Moisturiser with Sunscreen

Protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays should be high on your priority list and not only during the summer but all year round. And even if you plan on spending your day just running some errands instead of basking in the sun at the beach, you still need to somehow protect your face from the sun.

There are two types of UV radiation that are proven to cause skin damage: UVA and UVB.

UVA enters deeply into the skin and is engaged in skin aging. It plays a main role in developing melanoma which is one of the most common types of skin cancer. UVA is present during daylight all year round.

UVB sun rays have a shorter wavelength and cause skin burning. UVB rays can also cause different skin cancers. The UVB level depends on the time of day, time of year and altitude. Sunscreens play an important role in keeping your skin healthy and protected but to moisturize your skin at the same time and give it that much-needed glow, you can try using moisturisers with SPF.

Choosing a good facial moisturiser with sunscreen will prevent dark spots, help fight wrinkles and protect your skin from UV rays. This is of extreme importance when it comes to skin cancer prevention. Moreover, a good facial moisturizer with SPF will reduce the number of products you use in your skincare routine. In other words, instead of using a face cream and then applying SPF, you can simply use one product and get full protection.

The key is finding the formula that best suits your skin type. Some SPF moisturisers are formulated to protect against UVA rays, while others against UVB rays. However, nowadays, most products protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Other active ingredients such as Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Shea butter or Provitamin B5, are equally important.

With its anti-inflammatory properties, Aloe Vera helps to reduce the swelling. As a natural Ph balancer, it gives the skin a smoother appearance by removing excess oil and dead cells.

Shea Butter contains natural chemical compound triterpenes which boost collagen production. With its fatty acid content, shea butter is rapidly absorbed into the skin.

Provitamin B5, which is also known as pantothenic acid, is clinically proven to actively fight acne and keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy.

Thanks to their innovative formula, most face moisturisers with SPF are lightweight, making your skin feels supple and soft to the touch. Thanks to their clean finish, the right one for you won’t feel like a distinct layer on top of your skin. And remember, SPF should be applied every day, and re-applied if needed.

What Level Of SPF Do You Need?

girl holding spf moisturizer (1)

source: @activeskin

If you stay inside most of the day and are exposed to the sun only in small periods of time, you can use a sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF 15. However, when spending a lot of time in the sun, especially when it is the strongest, you will need SPF 30 or higher. There is a range of SPF factors – make sure you inform yourself about which ones are best to use in different situations.

Are Moisturisers with Sunscreen Effective?

There are divided opinions on this topic. Some experts recommend using a moisturiser and a separate sunscreen. The reason behind it is sunscreen’s ability to fully live up to its SPF number because mixing it with other ingredients might dilute the formula. Also, to reach SPF 30 or above stated on the label, you have to put enough amount on your face to get full coverage. Most people tend to apply a very thin layer of moisturiser which fails to effectively protect them from the harmful rays.

girl applying sunscreen


Some of the daily moisturisers with sunscreen contain chemical sunscreens (which may cause discomfort on sensitive skin) which get degraded after two hours and are no longer effective.

Still, many dermatologists do recommend using moisturisers with SPF. When applied correctly to your face and neck, these products are great for basic daily protection. Mineral sunscreens such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide provide good UV protection.

moisturiser with sunscreen by pelactiv

source: @pelactiv

Tinted moisturisezs with SPF usually contain anti-aging ingredients which balance the skin’s tone and cover blemishes. Always choose a product that has broad-spectrum SPF 30 or above for best protection. Knowing your sunscreen’s ingredients is crucial for optimal protection. Moisturisers with SPF can be your best ally during summertime, so give yourself enough time to research until you find one that suits your skin best.

Bottom line is, besides all the above-mentioned benefits that a moisturiser with sunscreen provides, you shouldn’t rely solely on this product. Avoid being in direct sunlight between 10 AM and 4 PM, always have your UV protected sunglasses with you and wear a wide-brimmed hat whenever possible.